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Allen & Overy LLP has ‘a strong team of smart, hardworking lawyers and is able to push disputes forward in multiple directions at once’. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases involving freezing injunctions and disclosure orders, and search and seizure orders. The firm represented Kazakhstan Kagazy in a £200m fraud case and also represented a major international hedge fund in relation to the theft of confidential information and trading strategies by a former employee in a case worth over £31m. Head of team Mona Vaswani has ‘has an instinct for making the right move at the right time and is always one step ahead of her opponents’. Senior associate Juliet de Pencier is ‘very able indeed’ and ‘is always in command of the materials, and a key member of any team in which she is involved’. Senior associate Helen Biggin is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie handles complex multi-jurisdictional fraud matters including conspiracy claims, economic torts, fraudulent misrepresentation, asset tracing, and preservation and disclosure orders. Head of practice Charles Thomson has ‘very quietly and effectively built up a first-class team in this area’. He led the team acting for Bidcorp Foodservice in relation to a breach of fiduciary duty and employment contract by a former managing director, this matter was worth £45m. The firm also recently acted for Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg in a case worth several hundred million pounds. It continues to act for Grupo Torras in relation to the recovery of stolen assets and ongoing Spanish criminal proceedings. Hugh Lyons is adept at representing financial institutions and corporates in disputes, insolvency and investigations matters. Jonathan Peddie is experienced in handling cases of financial crime, corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement, and civil and criminal litigation. Senior associate Henry Garfield is also recommended.

Pre-eminent boutiqueByrne and Partners LLP is ‘well-regarded for its heavy hitting litigators who live and breathe fraud claims’. Head of team Nicola Boulton led on advising Teva Pharmaceuticals in a fraud case worth £300m. Another highlight includes an ongoing cross-border matter representing two Liechtenstein trust companies in a dispute with their trustees. The proceedings are currently being undertaken in London, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Curacao, Panama, Delaware and Liechtenstein, and amount to around $600m. Boulton is ‘an outstanding lawyer with a first-rate legal brain, great tactical instincts and a nose for sniffing out a winning argument’. Yvonne Jefferies is ‘great at handling clients’ and has over 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Adam Zoubir was promoted to partner and Tim Beale left the firm.

Litigation powerhouseHerbert Smith Freehills LLP handles high-value and multi‐jurisdictional fraud investigations involving litigation, arbitration, freezing orders and asset recoveries. The firm acted for The Republic of Kazakhstan against the enforcement of a $500m arbitral award in a cross-border matter involving London, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. It also acted for Jyske Bank in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in defence of a claim for dishonest assistance and dishonest receipt brought by the liquidators of Marrache & Co, a Gibraltarian law firm. Jeremy Garson heads the team, supported by Philip Carrington and Rachel Lidgate who was promoted to partner. Senior associate Gareth Keillor is ‘very experienced, thoughtful and level-headed’. The team has ‘a deep bench and very capable lawyers’ and is ‘top-tier despite the heavy competition’.

Leading firmHogan Lovells International LLP advises on international fraud cases, with particular experience in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Libya. It represents corporates, banks and liquidators/administrators such as Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), Grant Thornton, Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund and Standard Chartered. The firm represented the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), winning a High Court judgement against Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev, this case was worth over $1b. Another highlight includes advising PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank in a $2.6b claim in the chancery division of the High Court against two Ukrainian oligarchs. Head of team Crispin Rapinet is ‘a master tactician with unrivaled experience’. Chris Hardman has ‘incredible litigation nous’. Claire Lipworth joined the firm from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in April 2017.

Jones Day's ‘very strong team’ handles complex international fraud and asset tracing work, disputes with significant offshore components, and injunctive relief. Head of team Sion Richards led on advising Nicholas Guy Edwards and Philip Stephen Bowers of Deloitte in their capacities as joint liquidators of the Angel Group in a matter worth £10m. Richards is ‘solid and resolute’ and ‘his knowledge of the issues and tactical judgment are both superb’. Barnaby Stueck led on advising Brian Glasgow in his capacity as bankruptcy trustee of Harlequin Property in a matter worth around £270m. Craig Shuttleworth is ‘a very experienced street fighter’ and associate Annabel Treadgold ‘leads from the front’, shows ‘excellent management of the team and is confident and robust in her views’.

Top-tierLinklaters LLP advises on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases involving the fields of derivatives, insolvency, regulatory finance, capital markets, and energy and infrastructure. The firm continues to act for Grant Thornton as liquidators of companies within the Saad group and represented Bayerische Landesbank in commercial court proceedings arising from the bank’s sale of its stake in Formula One to CVC in 2006. Other clients include KBC Lease and Caffè Nero. The team is headed by Michael Bennett and Satindra Dogra and has ‘an impressive hands-on approach’. Christa Band is also recommended. Katie Bradford moved into a consultancy role. Kathryn Ludlow and Greg Reid retired from the firm.

Knowledgable and accessibleMishcon de Reya LLP is ‘always one step ahead of the other party’. It is adept at handling international injunctions, file freezing orders and search orders. Kasra Nouroozi heads the team, which includes Kathryn Garbett and Claire Broadbelt, who led the team acting for Walid Giahmi in a bribery and corruption case brought by the Libyan Investigation Authority (LIA). The ‘very authoritative’ Robert Wynn Jones represented FDM Group in relation to a data theft and misuse of confidential information case.  Gary Miller is ‘a great blue-sky thinker in this area’. Shaistah Akhtar, Nicola Bridge, Genevieve Quieran and David Leibowitz all joined as partners. Richard Cannon left the firm.

Leading firmPCB Litigation LLP offers ‘unrivalled boutique expertise in the field of fraud’. It is adept at handling fraud and asset recovery work and implementing multi-jurisdictional asset recovery strategies. It also deals with search orders, disclosure orders, appointments of interim receivers, orders for cross-examination and committal for contempt. Recent work includes acting for Bank of Moscow against a Russian judgment debtor and his wife in a case worth £200m. Other clients include BMW, TPG Capital, VTB and KMG international. Steven Philippsohn heads the team, he is ‘a lateral thinker extraordinaire’ and ‘can see brilliant points outside the box’. Anthony Riem has ‘a marvellous rapport with clients’, Trevor Mascarenhas ‘stands out as a leading partner in this field’ and ‘knows all the ins and outs of civil fraud dispute resolution in commercial litigation and in arbitration’. Jon Felce was promoted to partner and is ‘a calm and collected presence and the breadth of his legal writing demonstrates that he has a genuine enthusiasm for the law’.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP combines business crime expertise with commercial litigation and civil fraud expertise. It is adept at handling freezing and disclosure orders for claimants. Jonathan Tickner and Jason Woodland led on acting for the Secretary of State for Health with regards to a £250m claim against Servier, a French pharmaceutical company. Head of team Keith Oliver led on defending 12 parties against an application for a $42m freezing order brought by entities owned by the government of Ras Al Khaimah. Sarah Gabriel is also recommended.

Simmons & Simmons fields that is noted for its ‘sensible strategic judgement and ability to scale up resources when necessary to meet tight deadlines’. It deals with cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, with a focus on the financial sector. Nick Benwell heads the team, he is adept at securing search orders and freezing orders and liaising with regulatory authorities around the world. Tim Boyce heads the financial markets litigation practice and deals with disputes and fraud claims. Patrick Boylan led on advising Capco in a dispute worth over $100m that arose out of an alleged fraudulent conspiracy in a FinTech arm of the company. The firm continues to act for HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in a multi-jurisdictional fraud case worth $40bn. Managing Associate Adam Brown is also recommended.

Leading firmStephenson Harwood provides ‘strong, thoughtful advice’ in international fraud litigation, and is known for its experience in emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. The firm is adept at handling injunctions such as freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders and gagging orders. Highlights include acting for a Russian businessman in relation to a $100m freezing order and fraud claims against him following the collapse of his business. Other clients include the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Natixis and Unitech. ‘Highly respected adviser and draftsmanAlan Bercow jointly heads the team with Ros Prince who ‘understands all aspects of fraud litigation like the back of her hand, is superb on interim injunction work and has the respect of her clients’. Also recommended are Priya Grewal, Kamal Shah, who has ‘superb strategic skills’, and John Fordham.

Bird & Bird LLP provides ‘in depth knowledge and tactical expertise in a complex and rapidly changing area’. It acts internationally in commercial fraud cases in both litigation and arbitration forums. The firm recently acted for Global Energy Horizons Corporation in relation to a cross-border damages enquiry worth around $600m. It continues defend Banca Nazional Del Lavoro (BNL) in the court of appeal against a negligence claim brought by Playboy Club casino worth £1.2m. ‘Powerhouse’ Sophie Eyre heads the team, she combines ‘energy and enthusiasm for her cause with a tactical nous that gains the upper hand for her clients’. Michael Brown is ‘a very experienced litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of civil fraud’. Ludovic de Walden left the firm for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP .

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases involving freezing injunctions and other interim relief, it acts for blue-chip clients, leading financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. It continues to act for the Nigerian Access Bank in a claim against a former CEO relating to misappropriation of funds, this matter is worth over £900m. Segun Osuntokun heads the team, he is ‘a hugely impressive individual who inspires confidence amongst clients and his legal team’. Graham Shear is ‘tough and good at handling difficult clients’, senior associate Sarah McAtominey and associate director Sharon Kennedy are also recommended.

High-powered litigation practice’ Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is ‘able to compete with the big firms, particularly in international fraud cases’. Clients include multinational corporates, regulators, firms of professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals. The team successfully defended the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank against allegations of fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, and conspiracy and unjust enrichment. Stewart Hey heads the team and is ‘clever, commercial and tough as nails’. Legal director Charlotte Pender is ‘smart and easy to deal with’. James Hyne is also recommended.

Clifford Chance LLP is a ‘go-to firm for big ticket international fraud’ and is ‘a one-stop-shop for all issues arising out of large-scale fraud cases’. It has represented clients in the High Court in various asset recovery matters, interim relief and securing recoveries through trial or settlement. The firm recently defended Apax Partners against a claim brought by the joint liquidators of Hellas II in relation to an alleged undervalued refinancing transaction and placing assets beyond the reach of its creditors. Other clients include Citi, ICBC Standard Bank, Unitel and EQT. Key practitioners include Roger Best and Matthew Scully who has ‘a very good reputation for fraud matters’ and is ‘understated but very experienced’. Jeremy Kosky is also recommended.

DLA Piper has ‘huge strength in depth’. The practice handles cross-border litigation and arbitration and specialises in fraud and asset tracing, and banking and funds litigation. The firm acted for Simetra Global Assets in a multi-jurisdictional case against a London-based FCA Defendant and a Belize-based brokerage firm with regards to the misappropriation of $70m on an FX trading platform. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is ‘brilliant at keeping a strategic handle on a case’ and has ‘huge experience of cross-jurisdictional work’. Jeremy Andrews is ‘a smooth operator who beguiles opponents but has a razor-sharp legal brain’. Jamie Curle is ‘fearless and combines great strategic judgment with a detailed grasp of the underlying facts of a case’.

Enyo Law LLP ‘punches well above its weight’, providing ‘excellent customer care, knowledge and experience’. It advises states, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and high-net-worth individuals in litigation and arbitration matters. The firm recently achieved ‘groundbreaking successes’ representing The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) in a claim against SocGen relating to corrupt payments to a Libyan intermediary with connections to the Gaddafi regime, the case settled prior to trial and was valued at around $2b. Founding partner Pietro Marino is ‘one of the most well-regarded and effective litigators in any area of civil practice’. Edward Allen is ‘fantastic all round’ and is ‘developing an excellent reputation in the field’. Nick Jones was promoted to partner and Louise Bell joined as partner from Olswang. George Maling is also recommended.

Prompt, thoughtful, knowledgeable and innovativeFieldfisher is adept at handling high-value fraud investigations, litigation and global asset tracing. The firm continues to act for Oiax in trade financing arrangements where allegations of fraud by a director led to a claim from the Dubai Islamic Bank of $150m. It also continues to act for PricewaterhouseCoopers, as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel in a matter worth £7m. ‘Great strategist’ Tony Lewis  heads the team, he is ‘knowledgeable, strategic, experienced, responsive, and professional’. Alexandra Underwood is ‘very calm under pressure’. Aymen Khoury, who is ‘very tenacious and imaginative’ was promoted to partner. Kit Jarvis is also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP deals with multi-jurisdictional fraud cases. James Kennedy heads the team and handles commercial litigation proceedings, multi-jurisdictional investigations, public law and judicial review. Matthew Bruce is an experienced commercial litigator. Philip Croall focuses on multi-party disputes involving cross-border litigation.

Very accomplished national and international operatorGowling WLG deals with international asset tracing, freezing orders, international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, contentious trusts and insolvency matters. The firm handles a large amount of cross-border work and has a particular focus on Brazil where it continues to act for The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo in relation to an unjust enrichment claim worth $30m. It also continues to act for First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees in relation to a $1bn multi-jurisdictional matter that arose from the Madoff ponzi scheme. Head of team James Sidwell is ‘a litigator with great experience’, Andrew Witts is ‘an accomplished international litigator’ and Alex Jay is ‘technically very strong with a commercial approach to cases’.

Macfarlanes LLP advises on commercial, corporate, private wealth and financial institution fraud matters. It handles international commercial litigation including fraud and asset tracing, large scale international disputes, arbitrations, trusts litigation and contractual disputes. The firm is advising Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits in relation to a potential investment treaty arbitration against the state of Ukraine in relation to the undervalued sale of a Ukrainian production factory. This cross-border matter is worth around $10m. James Popperwell has ‘great experience of acting on disputes in Russia and the CIS’ and is 'very good at handling the unpredictable challenges of complex, high-value, cross-border litigation’. Iain MacKie is‘an experienced and shrewd litigator and looks after clients very well’.

Osborne Clarke LLP advises on international and cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes and has particular experience in dealing with matters in Russia and the CIS. The firm advised UKPF, a Kazakh foods business with regards to a cross-border fraud committed by its employee, this matter is worth around $4m. It also advised Koch Media in relation to a fraud involving an employee and an English business, this involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction against the defendant and was worth around €1m. Adrian Lifely and Tom Ellis head the team, supported by Andrew Bartlett. Artem Doudko joined as partner from White & Case LLP.

Pinsent Masons LLP undertakes work concerning some of the most complex frauds and has wide experience of trials and injunctions. The firm continues to act for a former Swiss bank against a €12m fraud claim which arose out of a failed investment scheme. It also acts for RBS in an ongoing fraud case brought by 27 claimants worth around £80m. The ‘incredibly impressive’ Alan Sheeley heads the team, he ‘knows how to achieve results for his clients and is not afraid of a fight’ and is ‘without doubt a leading practitioner in this field’. Andrew Herring was promoted to partner. Andrew Barns-Graham joined as associate barrister. Senior associate Jennifer Craven is also recommended.

Reed Smith LLP deals with a variety of fraud issues including Commercial Court litigation, arbitrations, investigations and enforcement. Client sectors include banking, pharmaceuticals, energy, investment and commodities, government, liquidators and high-net-worth individuals. Eoin O’Shea, Charles Hewetson and Patrick Beale head the team. Ben Summerfield is ‘experienced, thoughtful, has great judgment and puts real energy into his clients’ cases’.

Taylor Wessing LLP fields a team of ‘thoughtful and professional partners and associates’. It is adept at handling international fraud, and asset tracing and corruption investigations. The firm recently acted for the Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company in cross-border banking litigation against JPMorgan Chase worth $200m. Andrew Howell heads the team, supported by David De Ferrars and Shane Gleghorn. Tim Strong understands the detail of the cases and makes good tactical decisions’. Boris Telyatnikov joined as senior counsel and Susannah Wakefield left the firm.

Travers Smith LLP has ‘an amazing focus on client relationships and is technically outstanding’. The firm continues to act for various Hewlett-Packard group companies in relation to $5bn fraud proceedings in the Chancery Divison, this is one of the largest fraud cases that has been brought before the English Courts. It also acts for Jóhannes Jóhannsson, a member of the Winding-up Committee of the Icelandic Bank Kaupthing. The firm is advising him on court proceedings that arose out of asset recovery work around Kaupthing’s insolvency in a matter worth £750m. Rob Fell, Stephen Paget-Brown, Andrew King and Toby Robinson are ‘fabulous all-round technicians whose attention to detail and great work ethic sets them apart’. Heather Gagen was promoted to partner.

A major force in fraud litigation’, Addleshaw Goddard  has ‘a strong and established presence in the market’. It is adept at handling cases of fraud, breaches of trust and international freezing injunctions. The firm recently acted for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the Leipzig Water Authority in defence of a €350m claim brought by UBS, successfully defeating one of the longest appeals in appeal court history. This resulted in the creation of a new law on bribery. Head of department Michael Barnett is ‘a very shrewd judge of the case’, he is supported by Louisa Caswell , who is ‘a rising star who can be relied upon to deliver what a client requires’. Mark Chesher is ‘a lawyer's lawyer and great to work with’, Jon Tweedale is also recommended. Kambiz Larizadeh left the firm for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Ashurst handles all aspects of fraudulent activities investigations including liaising with authorities, freezing orders and asset recovery. It recently defended Daiwa against a breach of duty and dishonest assistance claim by Singularis Holdings, this was valued at over $200m. The firm also continues to act for Nomura, coordinating disputes and litigation in a multi-jurisdictional case that requires coordination with law firms in Switzerland, Hong Kong and Mauritius and also its own offices in New York and Indonesia. Angela Pearson heads the team, she is ‘a highly capable leader with good commercial judgment’. The team give ‘clear, prompt, commercial advice and know their stuff’’. Lynn Dunne and Edward Sparrow are recommended.

Bivonas Law LLP is a boutique firm that deals with criminal and civil fraud work with a particular focus on the financial services industry. The firm often deals with multi-jurisdictional matters and has a history of advising Russian and CIS-based clients. Antony Brown heads the team, supported by John Bechelet, who has ‘an experienced and pragmatic approach to the advice and support he provides’. Russian advocate Geliya Chukmarova specialises in Russian civil, commercial and regulatory litigation. The team is ‘unflappable and direct’ and ‘absolutely know what they are doing’.

Solid, unflappable, with wonderful international reachBrown Rudnick LLP is ‘highly client focused’. It is adept at handling cases of complex fraud and regulatory disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. The firm recently acted for Threadneedle in defence of a $125m claim in the High Court brought to companies within the Otkritie Group relating to fraud and deceit and vicarious liability. ‘Very highly regarded’ Neil Micklethwaite heads the team, supported by Jane Colston who is ‘fierce, super-efficient, indefatigable and a winner’. Jamie Symington joined as partner from the FCA where he was head of investigations. Anupreet Amole joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Chloe Pawson-Pounds, Ravinder Thukral and Olga Bischof were all promoted to partner. Jean-François Le Gal left the firm.

Clyde & Co LLP has experience in handling work in emerging markets and has handled matters in Russia, the CIS, India, China, South America and the Middle East. Chris Burdett heads the team with Conrad Walker.

CMS combined with Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017. It advises on a broad ranges of fraud matters and has recently acted in cases of breach of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, breach of confidentiality, breach of trust, negligence and dishonest assistance, and a constructive trust claim. In 2017 the firm took the innovative step of a serving a freezing injunction via social media. Key client sectors include financial services, insurance and energy which it is adept at servicing in multi-jurisdictional cases through its many worldwide locations. Bernard O’Sullivan heads the team and handles commercial litigation with an emphasis on civil fraud and regulatory issues. Omar Qureshi is also recommended.

Thorough and highly effectiveFarrer & Co is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional freezing injunctions and asset tracing, with notable experience of  cases involving the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe. The firm continues to act for Celsa Steel in relation to a multi-party fraud claim in which various subcontractors stole steel and other materials from the company and manipulated records to conceal the thefts. It also acted for Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM and Kea in a £200m fraud claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust and others that relates to secret profits made in breach of fiduciary duties, and proprietary constructive trust and tracing claims. Head of team Adrian Parkhouse is ‘absolutely first rate, hugely experienced, intelligent and a very impressive operator’. Kate Allass is ‘pragmatic and highly practical’ and John Wilkinson, who joined as partner, has ‘bags of hard hitting commercial nous’.

Kingsley Napley LLP deals with international disputes including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, deceit, bribery and corruption. The firm successfully defended Crockfords which operates Genting Casinos, against a claim by professional poker player Phil Ivey in which it refused to pay out winnings to him on the basis he had commited fraud against the casino by using a gambling technique called ‘edge sorting’. This case was worth £7.8m and the final judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court in October 2017. Practice head Richard Foss is ‘an extremely able, versatile, and experienced partner with excellent analytical skills and very fine judgement’. Sue Thackeray  ‘doesn’t miss a trick and is extremely effective at seeing how to obtain the best solution’. William Christopher and Fiona Simpson are also recommended.

SuperbMorrison & Foerster LLP deals with high-value, multi-jurisdictional fraud investigations and disputes. Clients include financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. The firm continues to act for the insolvency practitioners in connection with the liquidation of Saad Investments Company in a multi-jurisdictional case worth $400m. It also advised Landsbanki on a successful £30m asset recovery against Kevin Stanford and a £50m asset recovery against Karen Millen. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler ‘really punches above his weight’ and is ‘a good person to have on your side’. Kevin Roberts is also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright combines ‘detailed technical legal advice with a viable commercial approach’. It advises on high-value, cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters. The firm continues to act for Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets in a Commercial Court dispute concerning financing transactions entered into with the commodities trader Mercuria, this matter is worth $285m. Deirdre Walker heads the practice, supported by Ruth Cowley and Matthew Waudby, who is ‘absolutely excellent in both the application of the law and managing the complex web of relationships in a difficult case’. Pamela Reddy joined as partner. Chris Warren Smith and Melanie Ryan left the firm.

Signature Litigation LLP is ‘a specialist commercial litigation boutique with a strong presence in civil fraud’, it has ‘an excellent caseload and real experience in the field’. The firm is adept at investigating, initiating and defending high-profile, multiparty and multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims. It represents the Ivanishvili family in a claim against various entities in the Credit Suisse Group relating to fraudulent handling and investment of family assets in a case worth between $500m and $800m. The firm continues to act in a very high-profile case for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) claim that certain categories of documents, currently withheld by ENRC are not subject to legal professional privilege. ‘Extremely creative and lateral lawyerGraham Huntley and ‘extremely experienced operatorJulian Connerty head the team alongside the recent lateral hire Simon Bushell, who is ‘an excellent litigator, constantly striving for ways to improve a case or undermine his opponents’. Josh Wong joined as partner.

Slaughter and May  advises on investigations, litigation, freezing orders, asset tracing, arbitrations and advisory work in relation to civil fraud. The firm continues to advise Mercuria with regards to carousel fraud claims brought against it and its co-defendant RBS in a case valued at £84m. It also acts for Barratt in a bribery case concerning a former employee. Sarah Lee heads the team, supported by the ‘very smart and very strategicDeborah Finkler. Jonathan Cotton and Efstathios Michael are recommended. Nick Gray and Richard Clark retired.

Stewarts Law LLP advises on large-scale civil fraud matters with cross-border aspects. The firm is advising RAKIA, which invests the sovereign wealth of Ras Al Khaimah; in a fraud case against a former CEO and other individuals valued at $1.5b. It also continues to act for the liquidators of Kaupthing in connection with a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank which related to the sale of banking derivatives during the credit crunch. Clive Zietman heads the team, he is supported by the ‘impressiveSean Upson who ‘typically identifies very quickly the available courses of action and then provides prompt and reliable advice as to which option is most feasible and appropriate’. Ian Gatt QC joined as partner from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and David Hughes joined as partner from Dechert LLP. Laura Jenkins and Lucy Ward were promoted to partner. Daniel Loblowitz and Fiona Stewart left the firm.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is adept at handling high-value, cross-border litigation and arbitration matters including prohibitive injunctions, international freezing injunctions and anti-suit proceedings. The firm is acting for Renova Group in a dispute regarding the ownership of IES, a Russian power generation company; the case is worth $1b. Kambiz Larizadeh heads the team, he is ‘always on top of the details, has a very affable manner and has superb judgement’. Justin Williams is ‘extremely experienced and confident, he is able to remain calm under pressure and has a very good rapport with clients’. Mark Dawkins is also recommended.

Innovative, super-efficient, devastatingly effective and technically excellentCooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a boutique firm of ‘well-lead, intelligently strategized, highly motivated and very successful fraud litigators’. The firm acts for CMOC Sales & Marketing after it was defrauded by unknown conspirators. This matter has involved asset tracing and obtaining a worldwide freezing order against ‘persons unknown’. This is believed to be the first such freezing order of its kind and the case is valued at over £8m. Key practitioner Marc Keidan is ‘a no-nonsense lawyer who gets results for his clients’. Philip Young is ‘super-bright, technically spot-on and a thoughtful strategist’. Lydia Danon, who is ‘very plugged into the market’ and Daniel Burbeary, who is ‘excellent and is genuinely starting to make a mark in the civil fraud arena’ were both promoted to partner. Robert Coffey was appointed as managing partner and Gerald Cooke retired as senior partner but remains a consultant within the firm.

Dechert LLP handles complex multi-jurisdictional civil fraud and has particular experience in Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Latin America. The firm is acting for the joint liquidators of Webinvest in two related multi-party actions in the Chancery Division relating to fraudulent transactions, the claims are worth $175m and €4m. Head of team Andrew Hearn is ‘the godfather of fraud claims, an ace litigator and knows everything and everyone’. Adam Silver is ‘a masterful strategist on complex litigation and brings huge drive and dynamism to his cases’. Stephen Surgeoner, who is ‘experienced, wise and gets to the point and delivers results’, joined as partner. David Hughes left the firm for Stewarts Law LLP.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP acts for a range of clients and has a particular focus on housing associations and regulatory authorities such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Philip Barden heads the team, supported by Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs who focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution often with an international element. James Dunn recently acted for the SRA in the closure of Neumans LLP which was closed after improperly claiming from Central Funds in respect of a Defendant’s costs order.

Dorsey & Whitney is adept at handling international civil and criminal litigation through both its London and US offices. It offers ‘a quick response time, solid advice, and a strong and experienced team’. The firm is defending Watchstone Group in a warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation claim arising from a share purchase agreement in respect of the sale of Quindell’s professional services division to Australian law firm Slater & Gordon. The case is worth £637m. Head of department Tim Maloney has ‘a lot of experience and common sense and provides very good counsel’. Matthew Blower was promoted to partner.

Edwin Coe LLP is ‘quick, efficient and versatile’ and provides ‘a stress-free and cost-effective service’. It advises on commercial, securities, insolvency and insurance fraud and conducts work in sub-Saharan Africa, advising the World Bank and donor governments. The firm continues to act for the creditors of collapsed Crown Currency Exchange which was run as a Ponzi scheme, the matter is worth £3m. It is also acting for the claimants in a trucks cartel fraud which relates to price-fixing between six truck manufacturers in Europe. It is estimated that the cartel had been running for 14 years, the matter is worth around £100m. Key practitioner David Greene is ‘highly motivated to look after clientsneeds’ and provides ‘excellent tactical and strategic advice’. Ali Zaidi is also recommended.

In early 2017 Eversheds merged with Sutherland Asbil & Brennan in the USA to become Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. It provides ‘a highly commercial approach, penetrating analysis and good teamwork, carried out with humour and client-friendliness’. The firm acts for the SFO in relation to civil proceedings before the High Court against ENRC in a high-profile case relating to legal professional privilege. It also continues to act for Iranian Offshore Engineering Company in an $87m case of fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, breaches of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and unlawful means conspiracy. Neville Byford heads the team, he is ‘highly focussed on the client’s objectives, weeds out the less good points and has plenty of commercial acumen’. Jake McQuitty joined as partner from TLT and Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

Fladgate LLP is ‘developing an excellent reputation for fraud litigation’ and offers ‘comprehensive coverage in this area across the range of industries and sectors where civil fraud claims can arise’. The firm continues to represent Jean-Pierre Schenk in a CHf 3m claim against advisers who attempted to defraud him, defendants were served in Sweden and Switzerland and freezing orders imposed. Simon Ekins heads the team, supported by Sophia Purkis who is ‘an outstanding litigator; totally committed to her clients’ and has ‘superbly tuned antennae for the nuances of a complex fraud case and a vast talent for absorbing the detail of a case’.

HFW has ‘a strong joined up approach to cross border civil fraud work’ and ‘an overall level of service that is impeccable’. It deals with large multi-jurisdictional frauds, asset tracing, international freezing injunctions and complicated trust structures. Head of team Noel Campbell is ‘an accomplished litigator’ and is ‘quick to respond and very commercial in his approach’. ‘Responsive and ableRick Brown is ‘particularly good in terms of dealing with complex issues which have multiple angles and multiple interested parties’.

King & Spalding LLP is adept at handling high-value, cross-border civil fraud matters including breach of contract, insolvency and commercial agreements. It has experience in multi-jurisdictional matters governed by English law, dealing with cases in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Recent highlights include acting for Motorola Credit Corporation, successfully securing injunctive relief worth $2.5b in the English courts as part of its attempt to recover funds from the Uzan family. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC head the team. Gareth Rees QC and Aaron Stephens both joined as partner.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has 'become a huge presence on the London litigation scene in an incredibly short space of time and punches well above its weight in terms of its relatively small size’. It acts in high-profile and high-value multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes. The firm is currently acting for PCP Capital Partners in a $1b claim against Barclays. Nick Marsh heads the team, he is ‘a very astute tactician and not fazed by anything’. Khaled Khatoun, who is ‘calm under pressure’ was promoted to partner.

Squire Patton Boggs is adept at handling international fraud claims including commercial and financial fraud cases and international asset tracing. It also deals with freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, Bankers Trust orders and tracing claims. Clients include ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, Close Invoice Finance and Leumi ABL. Laurence Winston heads the litigation team, supported by Gareth Timms, Chris Webber and Robert Weekes. Nicola Phillips was promoted to partner.

Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP is adept at handling high-value asset recovery cases. The firm continues to act for the National Bank of Moldova in a multi-jurisdictional fraud case worth $1b. It also acts for the Trust National Bank in relation to a Ponzi scheme committed by three former shareholders in a case worth $800m. ‘Really superb, incredible, almost clairvoyantNeil Dooley heads the team, he is ‘an unflappable litigator with impeccable judgment and unrivalled experience of fraud work’. Ivan Gordienko joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

The ‘very approachable, professional, practical and knowledgeableWithers LLP advises on international fraud cases often involving individuals or families. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional matters through its international network of offices in London, Milan, BVI, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. The firm has recently acted in multi-million pound fraud cases in financial services, private investment, energy and the art world. The team is ‘very strong and experienced in this area’ and head of Department Stephen Ross has ‘client handling skills that are second to none’. Lesley Timms is also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP is adept at handling cross-border insolvency and fraud claims with a multidisciplinary team. The firm continues to act for Irving Picard, the US Trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L Madoff and Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities in a protective High Court claim and international investigation worth $1b. It is also advising two insolvency practitioners in an international accountants firm in relation to a £50m solvent estate. Dominic Offord heads the team and is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional fraud cases and asset recovery. Derek Bambury is also recommended.

Burges Salmon LLP advises on a range of civil fraud matters and has recently handled cases of employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The firm recently successfully defended the National Crime Agency (NCA) against compensation claims from an Israeli businessman worth £220m. It also continues to act for Nationwide Building Society in a range of cases including negligence, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Head of unit David Hall is ‘tough as nails’, Andrew Burnette is also recommended. Michael Ward was promoted to partner.

Capsticks LLP specialises in acting for health and social care, emergency services and housing sector clients. Clients include Solicitors Regulation Authority, Department of Health and Social Care and National Health Service (NHS) Counter Fraud Authority. The firm recently advised the NHS in relation to a £20m fraud case concerning misreporting of key performance indicators (KPIs) by a private provider of products and services to NHS patients. Jane Barker heads the team, supported by Daniel Purcell. Hugh Giles the former director of legal services for the Metropolitan Police joined as partner.

Cooley (UK) LLP is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional asset recovery claims. It often acts for governments and state enterprises. The firm continues to act in an asset recovery case for the Government of Bermuda which is estimated to be worth over $100m. James Maton, Laurence Harris, Louise Delahunty and Tim Daniel head the department. Rod Freeman joined as partner.

Excellent niche City commercial practiceFox Williams LLP is ‘able to hold its own in litigation against much larger firms’. It is adept at handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional frauds and asset tracing claims. The firm acts for Pamplona Strategic Investments in a $40m claim against International Standard Asset Management, Lord Fink, Surinder Arora and various Arora Group companies in relation to a fraudulent exercise of ‘drag along’ rights in a shareholders agreement. Key practitioner Gavin Foggo is ‘hugely experienced and thoughtful in the way he approaches litigation’. David Butler is ‘realistic and imaginative, with great offshore experience’. Senior associate Daniel Dodman is ‘very personable, sensible and good with clients’.

Gateley Plc advises claimants and defendants in civil fraud disputes and tracing action, it is adept at handling banking and finance litigation, asset finance and recovery, and regulatory and insurance litigation. Key clients include Grant Thornton, RSM Restructuring Advisory, Deloitte, AlixPartners and KPMG. The team is headed by the ‘tremendousRichard Healey who has ‘the most extraordinary capacity for hard work and will move heaven and earth to get the right result for his client’.

Howard Kennedy LLP deals with civil fraud matters involving multi-party, multi-jurisdictional litigation and handles ‘very complicated international fraud very well indeed’. ‘First-rate performerLouise Bennett heads the department, Joel Leigh is ‘a first-rate litigator with excellent judgment on both matters of substance and procedural issues’. Tim Bignell has ‘huge experience and is thoughtful and resourceful’. Craig Emden and Fiona Hinds are also recommended.

Ince & Co specialises in fraud allegations that include forensic discovery and litigation and focuses on the shipping, trade and insurance sectors. Ben Ogden heads the team. Joe O’Keeffe has left the firm to join Stephenson Harwood. The team has ‘strong dispute resolution expertise, especially with regards to insurance disputes, and also shows mastery of both case law and drafting’.

K&L Gates LLP handles complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and contentious regulatory work. The firm continues to act for the joint receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund against high-profile professionals, financial services companies and banks in a case worth around £118m. John Magnin heads the team; Clarissa Coleman joined as partner from Addleshaw Goddard.

Keystone Law advises on cases of bribery, corruption, embezzlement, fraud, HMRC tax investigations, money laundering and SFO prosecutions. The firm continues to act for Nest Investments, a shareholder in a Lebanese bank that was shut down for laundering funds from drug smuggling and terrorism. It has launched a £130m claim against Deloitte for allowing the bank to be used for money laundering. Key practitioner Robert Lawrie is ‘a tenacious and talented litigator’. Susan Monty joined as a consultant lawyer, Emily Benson and Claire Shaw who has ‘huge experience in white collar crime investigations and prosecutions’, joined as consultant solicitors.

Mayer Brown International LLP advises on fraudulent misrepresentation, investigations, breach of trust, Ponzi schemes, injunctions, freezing orders, asset tracing and recovery, and seeking remedies that include provisional liquidator appointments. The firm is acting for UBS against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig in a $320m claim arising from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions. The key figures are Devi Shah and Alistair Graham, who is ‘dedicated’ and has ‘excellent judgement and a wealth of experience in civil fraud’.

Moon Beever has ‘a strong industry presence’ and ‘good technical skills’. It advises on a range of multi-jurisdictional civil fraud matters with a focus on debt recovery and insolvency. Clients include British Gas, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Mazars and CVR Global. Frances Coulson heads the team, supported by ‘experienced lawyer’ Richard Saunders, who ‘understands complex issues and is a strong litigator’. Sarah May was promoted to partner.

RPC acts in large-scale corporate investigations and fraud related disputes globally. The firm is acting for the claimant Sovcomflot as part of the Fiona Trust Litigation in a matter worth $85m. Tom Hibbert heads the department, supported by Stuart Shepherd, who is ‘an indefatigable and tenacious litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of shipping law and an ideal litigator in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases’. Chris Ross was promoted to partner and Jonathan Cary rejoined the London office from Hong Kong. Andy McGregor  is also recommended.

Specialist commercial litigation outfitSCA ONTIER LLP advises on high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency cases, focusing on the key sectors of finance and industry. The firm continues to act for Brunswick Rail in a $230m multi-jurisdictional case. Seamus Andrew, Oliver Cain and Paul Ferguson, who is ‘an outstanding partner with excellent instincts’ head the team. The practice has ‘the highest order of tactical and legal acumen’.

Professional, helpful and responsiveTLT advises on a broad range of civil fraud matters. The firm is acting for a consortium of Indian banks with regards to the registration of an Indian Judgment in England and Wales against Dr Vijay Mallya, it has also obtained a freezing order against Mallya for £1.15b. Clients include Lloyds Banking Group, Santander, Titlesolv, State Bank of India and RBS. Key practitioner Russell Kelsall is ‘an excellent communicator, who gets the message across to the client in an immediately comprehensible way’. Richard Hayllar has ‘excellent engagement skills with clients' and is ‘pragmatic and very knowledgeable’. Emily Benson left the firm for Keystone Law and Jake McQuitty left the firm for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP deals with a variety of fraud matters including prevention, investigations, recovery actions and freezing injunction applications. The firm is acting for St Vincent European General Partner in a multi-jurisdictional €30m claim for damages against ten defendants, relating to a breach of contract. Mark Kenkre heads the team, he is ‘savvy, hard-working and keeps his eye on the goal’. Ned Beale is ‘flexible, realistic, hard-working and has excellent judgment’.

William Grace was established in February 2017 by Carolyn Burbridge and Alastair Shaw who is ‘a great technical lawyer with superb judgment’. The team is ‘professional and knowledgeable with quality lawyers who are easy and straightforward to deal with’. The firm acted for an individual in the Commercial Court case LIA v SocGen and Ors, this was a multi-jurisdictional fraud case that was valued at $2.1b.

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